The Cenotaph in Hunstanton’s Esplanade Gardens
Hunstanton’s Cenotaph is situated in Esplanade Gardens just off Cliff Parade. It is a white stone Cenotaph with a bronze wreath and ribbon on its face and is smaller and similar in style to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. On the south side, the names of 53 men who fell in the First World War, are remembered. On the north side, the names of 15 men are commemorated who fell in the Second World War and on the reverse side, 2 men who have fallen since the second world war. Every year, folk of the town congregate at the memorial on Remembrance Sunday to witness the 2 minutes silence. Due to its exposed position, this annual occasion can be a daunting experience on a cold November morning: but it is an event that many people, old as well as the young feel it their duty to observe.
When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
1953 Floods ~ Hunstanton
Memorial to those that died in the floods of 1953
At Hunstanton on Saturday 31 January 1953, the gale lashed sea burst through the bank of sand and shingle. A wall of water ten feet deep rushed through the 320 yard wide gap and across the low-lying land to the west of the railway line.
Beyond the level-crossing was nothing but wild water.
By the time Sunday dawned on a scene of desolation . . . .
- 35 bungalows had been wrecked
- 70 more had been damaged
- 180 beach huts had been turned to matchwood
- 6,000 acres between Hunstanton and Woolferton had been inundated
31 people – 15 British and 16 American - had died